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Advising the Congress on Medicare issues
MedPAC > Recommendations

Commission Recommendations

MedPAC makes recommendations to the Congress and to the Secretary of Health and Human Services on issues affecting the administration of the Medicare program. With its recommendations, the Commission strives to improve the delivery of care, while ensuring financial stability and maximizing value for the program. After extensive analysis and evaluation, our recommendations are discussed and voted on by Commissioners in our public meetings. Recommendations are typically published in two main reports, released in March and June of each year.

Recommendations Topic(s) Date

Changing Medicare’s Payment Systems for Ambulatory Care Facilities (J)

In changing the prospective payment system for ambulatory surgical centers, the Secretary should: Carefully monitor changes in service provision between the ambulatory surgical center and physician office setting that may occur after HCFA’s loosening of numerical guidelines for determining ambulatory surgical center list eligibility.

  • Ambulatory care settings

March 1999